49ers news: Trey Lance works out with Patrick Mahomes, will it help?
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers can still have dimming hopes that Trey Lance turns into the next version of Patrick Mahomes, but at least the two are working out together.
There are plenty of parallels between San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Success on the NFL field isn’t one of them, though.
However, the Niners hoped to replicate KC’s success with Mahomes, who was selected back in 2017, by trading up and grabbing Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft, then taking advantage of his promising-but-raw potential and athleticism.
Both quarterbacks were also inserted behind well-established veterans, Jimmy Garoppolo with San Francisco and Alex Smith with Kansas City.
Unfortunately, at least for the 49ers, the bulk of similarities end there.
Appearing to be fully recovered from a broken ankle that prematurely ended his 2022 campaign way back in Week 2, Lance has started throwing again and hopes to absorb some of Mahomes’ notable success at the same time.
Trey Lance is working out with Patrick Mahomes, and it sure can’t hurt
The Athletic’s David Lombardi shared a couple of videos from Preston Smith via Twitter that highlighted the two quarterbacks in action at an unnamed facility.
The first is of Lance throwing the ball, and Lombardi even suggests the third-year pro’s release looks much quicker than it did in previous years:
After that tweet video, Lombardi shared another of Mahomes.
While Lance isn’t in the foreground, he does appear sitting on the ground at the very end of the clip:
Obviously, the two signal-callers are at completely different stages of their respective careers. Mahomes, the reigning MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion, is atop the football world.
Lance, following his injury, could potentially lose his starting job to either Brock Purdy or even Sam Darnold this season.
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With Purdy sidelined with an elbow injury, Lance has a shot at reclaiming his starting job and not relinquishing it, but it’ll take much more than a few workout videos with a supposed better release to do that.
And while the video didn’t show Mahomes actually engaging with Lance at all, one can only hope the two exchanged pleasantries and that San Francisco’s quarterback picked up some vital knowledge from Mahomes, too.